Deadly violence in Guerrero mars Mexican mid-term elections campaign

By Verónica Calderón in El País 05/02/15

 

The campaign for next month’s mid-term elections in Mexico was marred by violence in the southern state of Guerrero on Friday when a ruling party candidate was shot dead by crime gang members.

Ulises Fabián Quiroz, a mayoral candidate in the municipality of Chilapa – located about an hour from state capital Chilpancingo – was dragged from his car, beaten and shot at least 15 times, authorities said.

The murder of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) official drew strong condemnation from all parties vying for mayoral, legislative and gubernatorial posts in Guerrero – one of the poorest and most violent states in the country.

“This deplorable action has forced us into mourning and to think about the climate of insecurity that prevails in Guerrero,” said Héctor Astudillo, the PRI candidate for governor who suspended his campaign and attended Quiroz’s funeral on Sunday.

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